EVALUATION OF PENNSYLVANIA'S FREE TRANSIT PROGRAM FOR SENIOR CITIZENS

The findings of an evaluation of Pennsylvania's Free Transit Program for senior Citizens are reported. Impacts on both senior citizen users and participating transit operators are analyzed. Personal interviews were conducted with over 2100 elderly persons and 5 participating transit operators. Telephone interviews were conducted with an additional 154 older persons, and 36 transit operators returned written questionnaires. Based on these surveys it was concluded that the program has benefited senior citizens by enhancing their mobility. Individual trip making has increased by an average of 8.2 rides/month. In addition, new riders--generally those with lower incomes--were attracted to transit. Users reported significant cash savings, beyond the fare savings, as a result of being able to travel to lower priced stores. Transit operators generally felt positive about the program despite a dissatisfaction with the compensation received and the method of determining it. Operators enjoy an improved image in the community as a result of their participation while experiencing no major program-related cost increases. /Author/

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 11-18
  • Monograph Title: Improving transportation services for the elderly, the handicapped, and the disadvantaged
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00184716
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 030902689X
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Dec 29 1978 12:00AM